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Bluesman Sam Myers has passed away

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Kerry Vance, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. Kerry Vance

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    Sam had battled throat cancer which had resulted in recently having his larnyx removed. He had just returned home last week after months in the hospital and nursing home. Per my friend Hash Brown, Sam began choking this morning. Paramedics worked on him for 30 minutes and were unable to resuscitate him. Another friend (Jeff Horton) had completed a biography of Sam - that will be published in the fall. It's a shame Sam didn't live to see his story in print. Those of you who aren't familiar with Sam - he has a colorful history. Sam was a legally blind Mississippi bluesman, having played drums for Elmore James, had one of his songs recorded by Blind Faith and has been the vocalist and harp player with Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets since 1990. Sam will be greatly missed.
    .....Kerry
     
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    Oh no, what a bummer. Sam was the real deal. I'm glad I had the chance to see him once. RIP.
     
  3. reverbbb

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    What a drag. I did not get a chance to play with Sam or see him perform. I hear that he used to come around to the local blues jams a lot until he got really sick. I have been to a bunch of local jams in recent years, but our paths never crossed.
     
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    RIP Sam

    Sad to hear. I saw Sam and Anson a few times. Sam's reputation in Jackson, MS is tops. He will be missed.
     
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    I played a set with him at a club in SC 15 years or so ago. I remember him getting short with the guitar player in the middle of a tune. He said something like "THAT'S NOT HOW IT GOES! If you're gonna play it, then play it right!" It was all pretty funny and a good time. RIP Sam.
     
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    True. Sam would occasionally show up at Hash Brown's jam at The Bone. It was a real treat when Sam would get up and sing/blow harp, backed up by Hash Brown and band. Don't get much better than that.
     
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    LOL! My kinda guy. Couldn't agree more with the idea. Do it right.
     
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    One of my all time Blues experience highlights

    was when I got to escort Sam (lead him by the arm) up to the stage after a break between sets at The Crossroads in Asbury Park, NJ. He had been sitting next to me at the bar. Real receptive to the ladies, if Sam didn't want to be bothered with someone, he had this move that Anson (Funderburgh) called "the chicken wing", where he would kind of flutter his bent elbow in the general direction of the offending party. He was too funny! God bless him for all the traveling on the road he had to do to entertain us all and keep the Blues alive. I will miss his wonderful voice and skillful harp playing. My condolences to his family and to Anson and his family, too.
    R.I.P. Sam
     
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    Very sad news! I was hoping for him to get well enough to at least be able to blow some harp. Every time I saw those guys, Sam would light a cigarette with a foot-long flame, and the butt would eventually get about 3" of ash on the end. Someone would hold up an ashtry from the bar for him to eventually flick the giant ash into. He was a real Blues Giant!
     
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    Seen him many times. Very sad!!!
     
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    Another bluesman lost.

    Soon the blues will just be a distant memory... I dread to think.

    RIP Sam.
     
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    I didn't know the gentleman but I'll do my schooling and will get me a CD to check him and his music out...
     
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    Wow! What a shocker...

    I had the pleasure of seeing him with Anson and the Rockets here in northern California. My harp player (at the time) and I spoke with both Sam and Anson. Both were very gracious guys. My friend made the comment that he was just a "poor, white boy playin' the blues" and Sam ripped him a new one asking him why he had to say he was white. Sam was right and I really respected him for saying that.
    Sorry to see him go. RIP Sam.
     
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    It's really starting to sink in - I'll never get to see Anson & Sam together again. I would check their site from time to time hoping to see a date listed for a show they might do around here.

    http://www.ansonandtherockets.com/index2.htm
     
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    ttt
     
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    I really enjoyed his music with Anson and the Rockets.
    Got to meet them both on a blues cruise years back.
    Sam was a character. He has a lot of history
    behind him and his brothers also.

    Anson, Sam and the Rockets "Live At The Emporium"
    is good one to check out. Guess "Which Way Is Texas"
    was the last Sam did on record unless there are some
    not released yet.
     
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    The biggest thrill of my professional career was sitting in with Anson, Sam, and the Rockets on three separate occasions. Playing behind Sam was such a rush. I miss him already. My sympathies to Anson, John, Wes, Eric, and Sam's family and friends. He will be so sorely missed. God Bless.

    Tom
     
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